The Dangers of Using Spray Sunscreens

The Dangers of Using Spray Sunscreens

Concerning and confronting images of people suffering serious sunburns and blisters as a result from using aerosol spray sunscreens have recently surfaced in the news. Individuals across the country have experienced first degree burns and have woken up in excruciating pain unable to walk, claiming that their spray on sunscreens are to blame.

While these spray sunscreens have grown in popularity in Australia, they are commonly being misused and not being applied properly.

The Problem with Spray Sunscreens

Girl Lane ambassador Chloe recently had an experience very similar to the reports that have been circulating as shown in the image above. Chloe used a SPF50+ sunscreen spray instead of her usual routine of applying her Girl Lane High Protection SPF50+ Sunscreen and after approximately half an hour of being in the sun she developed a very serious reaction.

Girl Lane Pharmacist Deborah Williams emphasised that this is a growing problem in Australia.

“Most people don’t realise that in order to achieve a high protection of SPF 50+ using a spray sunscreen, it has to be sprayed to each area of the body for at least 6 seconds. A lot of these sunscreen users are spending only 1-2 seconds spraying per application.”

Another common issue is that users are missing big areas of their bodies due to the difficulty of being able to see where product has already been applied. 

There are also problems with the cans themselves that are usually made of steel or aluminium. The cans can easily heat up after prolonged periods in the sun which can reduce the performance of the active ingredients that are supposed to protect users. 

These factors can result in spray sunscreens not being able to provide adequate protection against harsh UV rays and has shown to have terrible consequences.

How to Achieve Proper Protection

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the harsh Aussie sun this summer is to use an SPF50+ sunscreen in a cream or lotion and reapply it every 2-4 hours, after swimming and following activities that cause you to sweat.

Our High Protection SPF50+ Sunscreen offers the highest protection and has a number of benefits:

  • 4 hours water resistance.
  • Provides extensive protection against harmful UVA and UVB.
  • Consists of a moisturising formula enriched in Vitamin E.
  • Contains Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, maintain high levels of skin hydration and reduce redness and irritation.
  • Feels non-greasy and light on the skin making it super easy to use.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Is fragrance free.
  • TGA approved and allergy tested.
  • Custom made for girls!

To find out more about how to protect your family this summer read our post The Importance of Sun Protection for Teens and Tweens.



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